10+ Open Source Social Platforms and Tools: Are they worth the fuss?

10+ Open Source Social Platforms and Tools: Are they worth the fuss?

I have been analyzing Open Source social media, how it works and what are the best platforms out there available for us to use. Though this is not a comparison of frameworks, or an in-depth article it’s a good place to start checking out the different frameworks that help us create these dynamic robust sites that are becoming more and more popular by the day.

There is always the option to build your own social media site (which we have already done, contact us for a demo). I have talked to companies that have taken the giant leap into social media and have implemented fully-featured scenarios enabling their users to interact, share and connect with others.

Much like other companies we have spent a lot of time and energy developing this system in-house and were lucky enough to have the development skills to get started + my own development expertise. I’ll tell you developing in-house isn’t as straightforward as leveraging an existing Open Source Platform or using Open-Source scripts.

The fact is that the web changes everyday and if you are not in the position to hire developers (the competent ones have high rates) you might be looking down a double edged sword. Instead why not avail the power of thousands of developers constantly improving one platform (of your choice) and then customizing it from there. This approach will save you a lot of time, money and hair-loss! Another point to note is that most of these open source systems are stable, easy to deploy and at fractions of the cost than that of In-house or contractual development.

So let’s get to it shall we? Ohh before I move on I would appreciate any comments or extra information that might add value to this article. Thanks..



Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara, meaning ‘think’ or ‘thought’ in Te Reo Māori, is user centered environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed. Mahara also features a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.

Home Page: http://mahara.org/
Demo: http://demo.mahara.org/



Spree is an expert search engine where users ask questions to find other participating users, who are knowledgeable in that area and willing to help. Spree aims to create an active online community, especially in enterprises, where every user can ask questions or act as an expert helping fellow users.

Home Page: http://project.askspree.de/
ScreenShots: http://spree.dai-labor.de/screenshots/



The Appleseed Project is an effort to create open source Social Networkingsoftware that is based on a distributed model. For instance, a profile on one Appleseed website could “friend” a profile on another Appleseed website, and the two profiles could interact with each other.

Homepage: http://appleseed.sourceforge.net/
Notes: Interoperable meaning that two appleased apps can communicate with each other (Like Myspace)



GetBoo was created more than 3 years ago (April 2005) for the main purpose of learning PHP and MySQL. Also, I wanted to be trained in the web environment, because since we browse the web almost daily I wanted to know how things work. My first idea was to make a bookmarking website. Little I knew about social bookmarking.

Homepage: http://www.getboo.com/project.php
Notes: Social bookmarking, interesting code and thought provoking no holds barred developer.



Elgg was started in 2004 with the aim of providing an elegant and powerful solution for anyone who wants to create their own online community. Elgg is free and open source and powers all kinds of social networks – from education and business to martial artsand rugby. If you are looking for a professional social intranet or just want to run a site for your fishing club, Elgg is a great choice.

Homepage: http://elgg.org/
Notes: Extremely well laid out with and has options for a turnkey solution.

Movable Type Motion


From Twitter to FaceBook, you’re already using social media to build relationships with customers online. But those services don’t give you total control over your brand. Now Motion gives you a way to manage your message across all of these social networks, while still empowering your community to be part of the conversation.

Home page: http://movabletype.com/motion/
Demo: http://www.movabledemo.com/motion_demo/


Buddy Press

BuddyPress is a suite of WordPress plugins and themes, each adding a distinct new feature. BuddyPress contains all the features you’d expect from WordPress but aims to let members socially interact.

Homepage: http://buddypress.org/
Demo: http://buddypress.org/demo



PHPmotion Media Sharing CMS – PHPmotion is a free video sharing software that also has support for other types of media such as audio/mp3 sharing. The Content Managent System or (media cms application) will allow you to create and run your very own Video Sharing website, Music Sharing Site, Picture Sharing Site.

HomePage: http://www.phpmotion.com/
Features: http://phpmotion.com/content/view/17/33/



Match, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Odeo and Facebook combined, free Web 2.0 software. Create a unique community, social network, or dating site instantly with the world’s most popular open-source community script.

Home Page: http://www.boonex.com/
Demo: http://www.boonex.us/



PHPizabi is one of the most powerful social networking platforms on the planet. With literally thousands of websites powered by PHPizabi including everything from simple friends sites to the most complex networking super sites out there. Easy to install, use, and raising the bar on what it is to provide a reliable, fast, social networking package to raise your business to the next level.

Home Page: http://www.phpizabi.net/



Pligg is an open source Content Management System (CMS) that you can download and use for free. Pligg CMS provides social networking software that encourages visitors to register on your website so that they can submit content and connect with other users.
Homepage: http://www.pligg.com/

The above list will give you a lot of options to choose between the different types of Social Media sites. You can check them out and see which one *closest fits your needs and then extend upon that. These platforms are worth the fuss if you are able to use them properly and customize them to you needs.

13 Comments 10+ Open Source Social Platforms and Tools: Are they worth the fuss?

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  2. jacques

    After all this time and posts, you should take Dolphin Boonex off this list. online research shows hundreds of users qualifying it as a dangerous time wasting SCAM. Any good update of this list anywhere?


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